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Cairo Gays Fear Government Intervention

Posted: Jan. 31st, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Fall of Mubarak
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Feeling betryaed by the very revolution they ardently supported, the homosexual community in Cairo has at best experienced no change in their freedoms and at worse face an intense government crackdown which may further restrict their lives or worse. Legislators have taken up a decidedly anti-gay stance and rhetoric, adding to the community's worst fears.

Maha remembers going to Tahrir Square on Jan. 25, 2011. The 27-year-old office worker only wanted to look around the Cairo intersection filled with thousands of protesters. But seeing Egypt's revolution unfold before her, she left to get friends and quickly returned. Without planning to, Maha became one of the highly visible gay men and women who took to the streets shouting for change.

"We don't get freedom anywhere. No voice, nothing," said Maha, who declined to give her surname "So, the first chance at revolution, we fought."


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